Dr James Charles Russell

PhD

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Senior Lecturer

Biography

I am a conservation biologist jointly appointed in the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Statistics. I obtained my PhD in Biology and Statistics from the University of Auckland in 2007 and then worked overseas before joining the faculty in 2010.

Research | Current

My research focuses broadly on biodiversity, biosecurity and conservation with a particular emphasis on island ecosystems.

I am interested in a variety of ecological questions which often have underlying application to conservation. I have a particular enthusiasm for islands, where complex ecological relationships can become reducible and tractable.

Of particular interest are population and behavioural biology questions relating to what makes species threatened or invasive, and how these trends can be reversed. I also work with macroecology questions related to biogeography such as species diversity and community composition, and in the application of genetic methods within an ecological context.

My work often has a strong statistical modelling or analytical component. I also have a strong interest in animal ethics and environmental values.

Research sites have included New Zealand, Southern Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, French Polynesia, Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Tibetan Plateau.

Teaching | Current

I co-ordinate BIOSCI739 Dialogues in Biology and contribute teaching to BIOSCI104 New Zealand Ecology and Conservation, BIOSCI206 Principles of Ecology and ENVSCI733 Biodiversity Management and Conservation.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to discuss graduate project supervision in areas of ecology and conservation, particularly those drawing on quantitative and social sciences. My students have an excellent track record of gaining immediate employment in the conservation and environment sector.

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2015 Scientist Without Frontiers (Brazil)
  • 2014 Rutherford Discovery Fellow
  • 2013 National Geographic Explorer
  • 2012 Prime Minister's Emerging Scientist Prize Winner

Responsibilities

Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour Panel, Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand

Senate Member, Sub-Professorial Staff at Large, University of Auckland

Sustainability Network, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland

Health and Safety Committee, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland

Marketing Committee, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland

 

 

Areas of expertise

  • Island conservation
  • Invasive species
  • Statistics
  • Rats
  • Seabirds

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Strategy Team, PFNZ2050

Science Adviser, Zero Invasive Predators

Associate Editor, Biological Invasions

Strategic Committee, Predator Free New Zealand

Scientific Advisory Board, Tetiaroa Society

Advisory Group, Endangered Species Foundation New Zealand

Scientific Advisor, Hauturu Supporters Trust

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303S - Bldg 303S
Level 3, Room 383
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

Secondary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 733 - Bldg 733
Level 3 , Room 334
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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